- Larasatie arrives at UAM from Indonesia
- Tanger pushes forestry appraiser training.
- Graduate Certificates in advanced forestry education available this fall.
In September 2021, the Arkansas Center for Forest Business (ACFB) officially opened its doors with then-Governor Asa Hutchinson chopping a log cookie. The ACFB is taking shape, with new personnel appointments arriving on campus. These new experts will help ACFB fulfill its mission to enhance the forest industry and provide post-baccalaureate education in forest business. They newest arrivals are Drs. Pipiet Larasatie and Shaun Tanger.
Monticello- Dr. Pipiet Larasatie is one of the latest hires at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, working as a faculty member with the Arkansas Center for Forest Business.
As an Assistant Professor, Dr. Larasatie brings a unique perspective to the University of Arkansas at Monticello, having collaborated with scientists and researchers worldwide. She has her bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia). Dr. Larasatie earned her M.S. in Forestry Science from University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and her Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Forest Products Marketing/Business.
One of the critical responsibilities of Dr. Larasatie is to provide market studies and information to support the recruitment of new forest industry to Arkansas. Dr. Larasatie will be the only forest products marketing expert in the state. Her experience with mass timber in Oregon and wood product export markets in Indonesia will be invaluable in developing and expanding markets for lumber and small-diameter trees in Arkansas.
Dr. Larasatie’s expertise in gender diversity and leadership in the forest products industry is also vital to growing Arkansas’s timber industry. The vast majority of foresters and mill workers are men, so the profession is seen by the public as male-dominated. Forestry and forest industries are facing ever-growing labor shortages, so it is important to include women who make up 51% of the state’s population.
As a member of the Arkansas Center for Forest Business, Dr. Larasatie is involved in establishing a trademark for Arkansas Forest Products, “Sustainable Wood from Arkansas Forests,” that can be used as a marketing tool to promote the state’s forest industry.
Additionally, she is part of the Forest Business graduate degree program, where she helps design and develop the curriculum and will teach courses such as Forest Products Marketing and Leadership in a Forest Business.
Dr. Larasatie said, “What I’m developing right now is a market for mass timber, which are engineered wood panels. If you are more familiar with cross-laminated timber, this is one of its products. ” She is also looking at developing markets for other mass timber products such as nail-laminated timber, dowel-laminated timber, and glue-laminated timber known as glulam.”
Dr. Larasatie serves as the Deputy Coordinator for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Task Force “Forest Education”. She promotes and facilitates research and innovation focusing on forest education. Dr. Larasatie is also a member of the IUFRO Task Force “Gender Equality in Forestry” and is working on establishing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Gender Equality in Forestry.
Her expertise and experience in gender research in the U.S. and Indonesia led to her being invited as a team member for establishing the MOOC. Her Ph.D. dissertation titled “Women in Forest Sector Leadership: A Multi-country Study” won the MDPI Forests scientific journal publisher’s 2021 Best Ph.D. Thesis award.
Dr. Larasatie is also involved in grant applications for mass timber for rural development in Arkansas and is currently accepting applications for a graduate research assistant in the mass timber business ecosystem. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In April, she will present her research project on “The role of consumer’s personality on using plastic grocery bags” at the SOAR Sustainability Conference held by Southern Arkansas University.
Dr. Shaun Tanger, an expert in forest economics and policy, joined the University of Arkansas at Monticello in February. Tanger’s academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management and a master’s degree in forestry/economics from Auburn. His Ph.D. (Forestry/ Economics) is also from Auburn University, where his emphasis area was forest policy.
Dr. Tanger’s current teaching and research programs deal with forest policy and trade questions, emphasizing how forest policy impacts forest health and timber supply. His outreach efforts focus on forest management for small landowners, forestry-related economic development projects, and timber harvesting supply chain logistics.
As an associate professor, Tanger’s primary responsibilities include creating an environment for drawing in new industries, supporting the existing forest industry, removing barriers preventing the industry from operating efficiently, and improving infrastructure.
Infrastructure is an area where Tanger will play a crucial role. Many counties struggle to maintain their roads and bridges, making it difficult for logging operators to transport their goods. Tanger will work with partners to identify ways to improve infrastructure, such as reaching out to the Department of Transportation for grants and funding for road and bridge repairs.
Tanger will also be responsible for teaching graduate certificate forestry courses related to forest economics and policy, including a class on timber appraisal. Tanger said, “with a big demand for appraisers in the forestry industry, this class will be taught in the fall and spring semesters. It will equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to determine the value of timberland and standing timber. This is an essential skill in the forestry industry, allowing landowners and buyers to make informed decisions about purchasing and selling timberland.”
Tanger’s forest economics and policy expertise will be crucial in identifying the most advantageous places for new industries to build mills, factories, and processing facilities. Tanger will encourage landowners to make behavioral changes that will benefit the industry. Overall, Tanger’s goals for the future are to help the forestry industry grow sustainably and provide valuable education to students interested in forestry.
About the Arkansas Center for Forest Business
Established in 2021, Arkansas Center for Forest Business is part of the University of Arkansas at Monticello’s College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources. The Center provides technical assistance for market-based solutions to forest resource challenges, programs for degree and post-baccalaureate education, and information on timber supply, forest products markets and operational efficiency.
The Center for Forest Business will provide market-based economic solutions to forest resource issues, improving business practices for forest enterprises, and enhancing the economic competitiveness.
About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center
The College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center, a University of Arkansas System Center of Excellence, brings together interdisciplinary expertise through a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The College and Center are headquartered at the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus, but their programs range statewide with the mission of developing and delivering teaching, research, and extension programs that enhance and ensure the sustainability and productivity of forest-based natural resources and agricultural systems. Academic programs are delivered by the College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources through the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Through the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, research is administered by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, and extension and outreach activities are coordinated by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offer all of their programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of twenty entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all seventy-five counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.